Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria

Kerria japonica 'Gold Guinea'

Family: Kerria

Type: Shrub

Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria, known botanically as Kerria japonica ‘Gold Guinea’, is a charming and vibrant flowering shrub. It is celebrated for its bright, golden-yellow flowers and lush green foliage.

This variety is particularly noted for its larger, more vivid blooms compared to the standard Kerria japonica. It adds a cheerful burst of color to any garden, especially in early spring when it is in full bloom.

Thriving in full sun to partial shade, Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria is hardy in zones 4-9. It prefers well-draining soil and is tolerant of a range of soil conditions, making it a versatile choice for different garden settings.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 4b-5a

Deer Resistant: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Average to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun to shade


Growth Rate: Medium

Average Height (feet): 5

Average Spread (feet): 6

Average Life Span (years): 40

Form: Upright spreading


Flower Color: Yellow

Bloom Season: From early to mid spring

Foliage Color: Green

Leaf Fall Color: Yellow

Foliage Shape: Narrow

Bark Texture: Smooth

Landscaping Your Yard With Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria

Incorporating Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria into your landscape offers a delightful display of springtime color. Its bright flowers and arching branches bring a touch of whimsy and charm to any garden.

This shrub is ideal for mixed borders, cottage gardens, and woodland settings. Its ability to brighten up shady areas makes it a valuable addition to any garden.

Despite its showy appearance, Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria is relatively low maintenance. It’s a great choice for gardeners seeking a plant that provides spring color with minimal care requirements.

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Suitable Garden Styles

Cottage Garden

In a cottage garden, Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria adds a quaint and informal touch. Its vibrant flowers and natural growth habit complement the relaxed, densely planted style.

Woodland Garden

For woodland gardens, this kerria's tolerance for partial shade and its naturalistic form make it an ideal choice, blending beautifully with the understory.

Informal Border

In informal borders, Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria serves as a bright focal point. Its arching branches and cheerful blooms create an appealing contrast to more structured plants.

Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria Landscaping Ideas

Plant it as a backdrop for spring bulbs. Its yellow flowers pair beautifully with daffodils and tulips.

Use it to brighten a shaded corner of the garden. Its tolerance for partial shade allows it to thrive in less sunny areas.

Combine it with perennials that have contrasting colors. Its bright yellow blooms create a striking contrast with purple or blue flowers.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria bursts into bloom, showcasing its large, golden-yellow flowers that brighten the garden.


During summer, the shrub maintains its lush green foliage, providing a steady backdrop in the landscape even after the blooms have faded.


In the fall, Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria's leaves may turn yellow before dropping, offering a brief but beautiful autumn display.


In winter, the plant's green stems remain, providing some visual interest in the otherwise dormant garden.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria thrives best in an area with full sun to partial shade. It’s ideal for adding color to woodland garden settings, informal borders, and shaded areas of the yard.


This shrub flourishes in full sun to partial shade. While it can tolerate a range of light conditions, ample sunlight encourages the most abundant flowering.


Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria prefers well-draining soil and is adaptable to various soil types, including loamy, sandy, or clay soils.


Space Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria plants about 4 to 5 feet apart. This allows for proper air circulation and growth, as well as room for the branches to gracefully arch.

When to Plant

The best time to plant is in the early spring or fall. Cooler temperatures during these periods help the shrub establish roots without the stress of summer heat.

How to Plant

Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Position the shrub in the hole, backfill with soil, and water thoroughly. Ensure the shrub is planted at the same depth it was in its container.

Plant Care Tips


Water regularly after planting and during dry periods. Mature plants are moderately drought-tolerant but benefit from occasional deep watering.


Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to support healthy growth and abundant flowering.


Prune Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria after flowering to maintain shape and encourage new growth. Remove any dead or damaged branches as needed.

By Season


Spring Care

In spring, apply a layer of mulch and begin regular watering as new growth emerges. Prune after flowering, if necessary.

Summer Care

Maintain consistent moisture during the summer. Monitor for pests and diseases, treating as necessary.

Fall Care

Reduce watering as the plant begins to go dormant. Clean up fallen leaves to prevent fungal diseases.

Winter Care

Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria is hardy in winter. No special care is needed, but ensure it's not exposed to excessive winter moisture.


How Tall and Wide Does Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria Grow?

Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria typically grows to about 4-5 feet in height and spread, forming a mounded, arching shape.

Is Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria Deer Resistant?

While not completely deer-proof, Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria is relatively resistant to deer browsing compared to many other shrubs.

Can Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria Be Grown in Containers?

Yes, Gold Guinea Japanese Kerria can be grown in containers, especially when young, making it suitable for patios, decks, or small gardens.

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